Women in the Film Industry- Both on and Off Screen

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In class we discussed the role of women in popular culture, and looked at Laura Mulvey’s theory on the male gaze. In Chapter 5 “Psychoanalysis” of John Storeys Textbook, “Cultural Theory and Popular Culture-an Introduction he introduces Laura Mulveys theory. To further explore this idea/theory, reading Mulveys essay entitled “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” gave an in depth analysis of the theory she calls the male gaze. Reading that essay brought out important points on the way society has developed and how women are the objects of sexual pleasure for men. She also spoke about the inequalities faced by women in the working world because of this. Women both on and off the screen are being made out to be a pleasurable object to heterosexual males. In this essay I will discuss the inequality of women and men working in the film industry both on and off the screen. The gaze is a term developed by Jacque Lacan that describes the personal awareness of the fact people can view you and how you react/ let it affect you. Being aware that people can judge you and view your appearance and the realization that you are also an object.(Storey,2012) Laura Mulvey took this term and made her own calling it the male gaze. The male gaze focuses of the different ways in which people view others and themselves from a male point of view. It also looks at how the way people view you changes the way you look at other people as well as yourself. She put an emphasis on how the film industry objectifies women using voyeurism and schopihilla. ”the gaze is male whenever it directs itself at, and takes pleasure in, women, where women function as erotic objects” – Laura Mulvey (Mullet, 2012) Behind the scenes where women aren’t seen there is still in equality. Women working in the film industry only make up about 18% of all directors, producers, script writers, cinematographers and

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